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Friday, 15 December, 2017, 16 : 00 PM [IST]

Atout France recognises 5 agencies & operators at Ambassador's Travel Awards in Mumbai

The third edition of the Ambassador's Travel Awards honouring an exemplary showcase of France as a travel destination was held under the patronage of Ambassador of France to India, M Alexandre Ziegler at the Sofitel BKC on Wednesday. Instated in 2015, under the aegis of the Ambassador of France to India and with the support of associate partner VFS Global, this year's awards, continued the tradition of recognising and rewarding 3 travel agencies for an exemplary showcase of France through published itineraries and 2 tour operators for exceptional achievements in the visa domain.

The 2017 edition also introduced a new award category: the Best Journalist Category aimed at recognising and awarding the contribution of the media towards a showcase of France through published articles.

The event was graced by His Highness Shriji Arvind Singhji Mewar of Udaipur and was attended by decision- makers from trade and media domains alike.

Travel agents were invited to send in their best published itineraries which were later shortlisted by a panel of jurists that included the Ambassador of France to India, His Highness Shriji Arvind Singhji Mewar of Udaipur, Jean-Michel Cassé, COO - India and South Asia, AccorHotels, Olivier Boulland, Commercial Sales Director, Air France-KLM and Divia Thani, Editor, Conde Nast Traveller.

Sharing his thoughts, the Ambassador said, “France is the preferred tourism and business destination globally, receiving around 83 million tourists in 2016. It is a favourite outbound destination in India – in 2016 alone, a record 6 lakh Indian travellers visited France. We look forward to welcoming them every year in yet greater numbers. I am delighted to give these awards recognising the contribution of the members of the Indian travel fraternity who are the most dedicated to showcasing France’s matchless destinations.”

Winners of the 2017 Ambassadors Travel Awards:

Visa Domain
1:Thomas Cook India Ltd - The Diamond Award for registering the highest number of visa deliverances for 2016-2017

Award: A 2 night stay for 2 at the Fairmont Jaipur, a 2 night stay at the Novotel Chennai OMR and a 2 night stay for 2 at the Novotel Goa Resort and Spa compliments of Accor Hotels and a premium fragrance from M.Micallef perfumes

2: Cox and Kings - The Gold Award - Runner Up Award for registering the highest number of visa deliverances for 2016-2017

Award: A 2 night stay for 2 at the Fateh Prakash Palace in Udaipur and a signature fragrance from M.Micallef perfumes

Gustasp and  Jeroo Irani - The Best Journalist Award for their prolific penmanship in promoting various facets of France through published media articles:
Award: 2  premium economy class tickets on Air France, 2 nights at the Pullman Paris Centre Bercy and a dinner show courtesy Paradis Latin, a 3 night stay at Mercure Toulouse Centre Saint-Georges and a premium fragrance from M.Micallef perfumes.

Itineraries

1: Amazing Vacations - The Platinum Award for the best showcase of France as a travel destination
Award: 3 night exquisite sojourn in Paris including 1 business class ticket courtesy Air France, a 2 night stay for  2 at the iconic  Hôtel Plaza Athénée, a Dorchester Collection property. An indulgent gourmet promenade that includes one night accommodation at any  property of their choice from Alain Ducasses’s Châteaux et Hotels collection including a signature lunch or dinner, a dinner show courtesy Paradis Latin and a signature fragrance from M.Micallef perfumes

2: Mercury Travels Ltd -  The Diamond Award for the best showcase of France as a family-friendly destination
Award: An 8-day river cruise for 2 from Paris to Normandy courtesy Avalon Waterways and a signature fragrance from M.Micallef perfumes

3: Destination Globe - The Gold Award for the best showcase of France as a winter destination
Award: A 2 night stay at the ski resort of Les 2 Alpes, one day ski passes, a private lesson with a professional instructor, visits to the ice cave and ski gear rental. The alpine experience continues with a 2 night stay in the ski resort of Méribel and ski passes for Les 3 Vallées courtesy Les 2 Alpes and Meribel Tourisme and a signature fragrance from M.Micallef perfumes.

The occasion also saw Karan Anand, Head - Relationships and Supplier Management, Cox & Kings, for being recently bestowed with the Gold Medal of Tourism (Medaille d'Or), conferred on him by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.

Sheetal Munshaw, Director, Atout France India, said, "We are sincerely thankful to His Excellency The Ambassador of France to India, Alexandre Ziegler for his continued and unwavering support that we have received towards the third edition of this prestigious Ambassador's Travel Awards. While this distinction is a recognition of efforts put in by the trade towards showcasing France, it also motivates agents to create innovative itineraries that allow visitors to experience the best of versatile France. We are also delighted to see the quality and diversity of the manner in which the Indian travel fraternity showcases France with an increased focus on its multi-faceted regions, hallmark destinations and experiences. The myriad tourism offering of France complemented by the seamless visa facilitation services and the enhanced air connectivity together contribute towards making France a preferred outbound destination for the Indian traveller".  


 
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